Homestyle Deviled Ham tastes much better than what you buy in the can, and it is free of nitrates and other adders so it is healthier as well. I usually make this around the holidays using my leftover ham and then freeze any leftover deviled ham because keep it for months and then thaw it out and use it again later.
Deviled ham is both spicy and sweet – with this recipe I like to use baked ham that was prepared with honey or brown sugar to sweeten it and then there is no need to add additional sweetener to the recipe. However, you can add some brown sugar with the spices (about 1/2 TBSP per pound of ham) if you are looking for a sweeter spread.
So what is “Deviled” really mean? Deviled generally means “spicy” food, and of course, Deviled Ham is just that. In fact there are many layer of flavor with this delicious recipe – lemon juice to add a citrusy, tart flavor, hot sauce, paprika and spicy mustard to add bite, and plenty of other flavoring from the Worcestershire sauce and other spices.
Homestyle Deviled Ham makes a great spread when used by itself, it can also be used in other recipes such as ham salad or Onigiri (rice balls).
This recipe is delicious and I have some suggestions in the notes section, below, if you are looking for a for some additional variations on how to prepare this amazing spread.
You can refrigerate leftovers for several days or freeze for later.
So the next time you are looking for ways to use us that leftover holiday ham that was so good, or if you are looking for a unique spread for your next party, give this recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!